Vince Gilligan's AMC drama Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston as a high school chemistry teacher turned drug dealer. Gilligan says he pitched the show by telling AMC: "You take Mr. Chips and turn him into Scarface."
Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat, is still an important voice for a number of Jewish voters. Just last week, his support helped a GOP candidate win a special election in New York. Now Koch is telling President Obama to listen up or risk losing the Jewish vote in 2012.
Miss Ida Blankenship may have been the most memorable character among many on AMC's hit drama last season. When actress Randee Heller took a fatal header into her desk, she cemented her place in TV history — and earned the right to take her first stroll on the Emmy red carpet.
Jimmy Carter, the first U.S. president to call for a Palestinian homeland, urges the U.S. to not veto Palestine's statehood vote at next week's U.N. meeting. There's "no downside" to it, he says, as international recognition could reinvigorate failed peace talks between Israel and Palestine.
Allison Pearson follows up her 2002 best-seller, I Don't Know How She Does It, with I Think I Love You, a novel about a teenage girl's obsession with teen star David Cassidy. The book wasn't hard for Pearson to write. When she was growing up, she was madly in love with Cassidy too.
When she was 16, Ellaraino visited her great-grandmother, Silvia, for the first time. And Silvia had plenty of stories to tell. They were about being a teenager — and seeing the Civil War, and slavery, come to an end.
John Edgar Wideman is the 2011 Lifetime Achievement winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which recognizes works that have made important contributions to understanding racism and appreciating diversity. Wideman has written 13 novels, six collections of short stories and two memoirs. He talks about his life, works and the award he receives today.
Since last Thursday, top designers have been showcasing their Spring 2012 collections in N.Y. Pulitzer Prize-winning style writer Robin Givhan has been on the scene, seeing vibrant colors and bold prints dominating the runway. In the audience, American Vogue chief Anna Wintour was sitting with rapper Nicki Minaj. Givhan also talks about the smashing success of Missoni's limited edition Target line.
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